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Friday, February 27, 2009

February 27, 2009

The following reviews, interviews and features began running on beginning Friday, February 27th:

Also mentioned in the Newsletter Opener, which can be read here:

AMERICAN WIDOW by Alissa Torres
THE MIDDLE PLACE by Kelly Corrigan
THE FIXER UPPER by Mary Kay Andrews

Reviews and Excerpts
PROMISES IN DEATH by J. D. Robb (Mystery)
Amarylis Coltraine may have recently transferred to the New York City police force from Atlanta, but she’s been a cop long enough to know how to defend herself against an assailant. When she’s taken down just steps away from her apartment, killed with her own weapon, for Lieutenant Eve Dallas the victim isn’t just “one of us.” Dallas’s friend, Chief Medical Examiner Morris, and Coltraine had started a serious relationship, and from all accounts the two were headed for a happy future together. But someone has put an end to all that. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.
-Click here to read an excerpt from PROMISES IN DEATH.

NIGHT AND DAY: A Jesse Stone Novel by Robert B. Parker (Mystery)
Police Chief Jesse Stone is called to the junior high school when reports of lewd conduct by the school’s principal, Betsy Ingersoll, filter into the station. Ingersoll claims she was protecting the propriety of her students when she inspected each girl’s undergarments in the locker room. Jesse would like nothing more than to see Ingersoll punished, but her high-powered attorney husband stands in the way. At the same time, the women of Paradise are faced with a threat to their sense of security with the emergence of a tormented voyeur, dubbed “The Night Hawk.” Reviewed by Tom Callahan.

GALWAY BAY by Mary Pat Kelly (Historical Fiction)
Young Honora Keeley and Michael Kelly wed and start a family, inhabiting a hidden Ireland where fishermen and tenant farmers find solace in their ancient faith, songs, stories and communal celebrations. But when blight destroys the potatoes three times in four years, a callous government and uncaring landlords turn a natural disaster into The Great Starvation that will kill one million. Honora and Michael vow their children will live. The family joins two million other Irish refugees in one of the greatest rescues in human history: the Irish Emigration to America. Reviewed by Roberta O’Hara.

THE LOST CITY OF Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann (History)
In 1925 Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon to find an ancient civilization, hoping to make one of the most important discoveries in history. He embarked with his 21-year-old son, determined to prove that this ancient civilization --- which he dubbed “Z” --- existed. Then he and his expedition vanished. After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer David Grann set out to solve "the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century": What happened to the British explorer and his quest for the Lost City of Z? Reviewed by Barbara Bamberger Scott.

CRITICAL MASS by Whitley Strieber (Thriller)
What would we do if a nuclear weapon was detonated in Washington, D.C. and the U.S. government suddenly disappeared? What would happen if a terrorist organization planned to do the same to every major city in the world? This frighteningly real horror is the premise of Whitley Strieber’s CRITICAL MASS. Reviewed by Ray Palen.

MADNESS UNDER THE ROYAL PALMS: Love and Death Behind the Gates of Palm Beach by Laurence Leamer (Sociology)
''Let me tell you about the very rich,” begins the narrator of “The Rich Boy,” F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story. “They are different from you and me.” The truth of that observation, written more than 80 years ago, is brought home with the force of a hurricane in Laurence Leamer’s engrossing, at times shocking, examination of Palm Beach society. Reviewed by Harvey Freedenberg.

BONES OF BETRAYAL: A Body Farm Novel by Jefferson Bass (Mystery)
The writing team known as Jefferson Bass combines the creative journalistic skills of Jon Jefferson and the scientific knowledge of Dr. Bill Bass, world-renowned forensic anthropologist and founder of the Body Farm. As such, Jefferson Bass has managed to blend the elements of an engrossing mystery with factual, historical information to create an enjoyable read for those who can’t get enough of forensic crime solving and cold case procedurals. Reviewed by Maggie Harding.

HATER by David Moody (Thriller)
A modern take on the classic “apocalyptic” novel, HATER tells the story of Danny McCoyne, an everyman forced to contend with a world gone mad, as vast numbers of the human population suddenly become irrationally violent, killing all who cross their path. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

MISTRESS SHAKESPEARE by Karen Harper (Historical Fiction)
Everyone knows that William Shakespeare wed Anne Hathaway. But was their marriage a happy one? In Karen Harper’s new novel, Shakespeare’s other Anne --- Elizabethan beauty Anne Whateley --- tells her version of the famous playwright’s life, turning history on its ear. Reviewed by Kate Ayers.

IRREPLACEABLE by Stephen Lovely (Fiction)
When one young woman's life ends, another one is saved through the donation of a heart. The reverberations of these actions ripple through this achingly tender tale told from the alternating viewpoints of the donor's loved ones and the grateful recipient. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

AMBERVILLE by Tim Davys (Fiction)
Eric Bear has it all: a successful career, a beautiful wife, a blissful home. He knows he's been lucky; a while back, his life revolved around drugs, gambling, a gang of stuffed-animal thugs and notorious crime boss Nicholas Dove. But the past isn't as far away as Eric had hoped. Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

New in Paperback
February’s roundup of New in Paperback fiction titles includes AMERICAN WIFE by Curtis Sittenfeld, an intimate and revealing portrait of the marriage of George and Laura Bush through their fictional alter egos; DEEP DISH, a hilarious and delightful romp from Mary Kay Andrews that finds local cooking show hosts Gina Foxton and Tate Moody facing off in a reality show competition; Chris Bohjalian’s SKELETONS AT THE FEAST, which recounts the final months of World War II from the point of view of a German family fleeing East Prussia and heading west in an effort to escape the oncoming Russian army; NOTORIOUS, Michele Martinez’s fourth thriller featuring Melanie Vargas, a New York City prosecutor who specializes in narcotics-related crimes; and SOUVENIR by Therese Fowler, the heartbreaking story of a woman who made what she thought was a responsible decision, only to have to live with the consequences.

Among our nonfiction highlights are THE COMMISSION, in which New York Times reporter Philip Shenon scrutinizes the investigation of 9/11 and tells the inside story of the most important federal commission since the Warren Commission; THE TEN-CENT PLAGUE, David Hajdu’s insightful examination of the effect of McCarthyism on comic books; and HOPE’S BOY by Andrew Bridge, a harrowing memoir of a little boy lost --- taken away by the system and then trapped in it, abandoned not by his mom but by departments and laws and social servants.

Suspense Thriller Author Spotlight
When an obscure charity recruits Josh Hagarty to manage their activities in a war-torn region of Africa, he is eager to sign on and atone for a past he regrets. After a lifetime of bad luck, someone is finally giving him a chance. All he has to do is not blow it.
- Click here to read Kyle Mills's bio.
- Click here to read Kyle Mills's bibliograhy.
- Click here to read more about LORDS OF CORRUPTION.

FAULT LINE by Barry Eisler
Silicon Valley: the eccentric inventor of a new encryption application is murdered in an apparent drug deal. Istanbul: a cynical undercover operative receives a frantic call from his estranged brother, a patent lawyer who believes he’ll be the next victim. And on the sun-drenched slopes of Sand Hill Road, California’s nerve center of money and technology, old family hurts sting anew as two brothers who share nothing but blood and bitterness wage a desperate battle against a faceless enemy.
- Click here to read a second excerpt from FAULT LINE.

HEART OF ICE by Gregg Olsen
A New York Times bestselling author, Gregg Olsen has written seven nonfiction books, three novels and contributed a short story to a collection edited by Lee Child. As a journalist and true crime author, Olsen has received numerous awards and much critical acclaim for his writing. In HEART OF ICE, his new thriller now available in stores, Sherriff Emily Kenyon, who were were introduced to in must stop a serial killer who is targeting young women.
- Click here to read a second excerpt from HEART OF ICE.

Romantic Suspense Author Spotlight
LOST SOULS by Lisa Jackson
Kristi Bentz wants to write true crime. All she needs is that one case that will take her to the top. She finds it when she enrolls at All Saints College after learning that three troubled girls have disappeared in one term. When the bodies are found, all blood drained from their bodies, rumors abound that vampires are on the loose. Are they? Or is there a new serial killer in New Orleans --- one more cunning than any that Detectives Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya have gone up against before?
- Click here to read a review of LOST SOULS.
- Click here to read an excerpt from LOST SOULS.
- Click here to read an interview with Lisa Jackson about LOST SOULS.
- Click here to read fast facts about Lisa Jackson.
- Click here to read Lisa Jackson’s bio.
- Click here to see Lisa Jackson's backlist.
- Click here to read critical praise for LOST SOULS.
- Click here to see our advance readers' responses to LOST SOULS.
- Click here to read Lisa's responses to advance readers' questions.

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